Sorry, ASICs are programmable too
Posted Sep 25, 2010 14:08 UTC (Sat) by foom
In reply to: Sorry, ASICs are programmable too
Parent article: FSF says: USPTO should publish guidelines excluding software patents
ASICs aren't really programmable -- the thing *creating* the ASIC is programmable.
What about a design for a new kind of valve (of which there any number of patented varieties)? You could easily fabricate one of those after downloading the correct program to run on a CNC machine.
And if you're going to go there, you could also download detailed designs for making a steam engine, and give those designs to someone to fabricate a new steam engine. Is steam engine design not patentable?
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